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Patient Care Tower

Patient Care Tower Topping Off Ceremony


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Approximately 100 guests — comprised of hospital employees, community leaders, city, hospital and construction officials — attended today’s Simi Valley Hospital Patient Care Tower Topping Off Ceremony, which was held on the campus grounds where the new state-of-the-art facility is being constructed.

“The Patient Care Tower topping off ceremony marks another exciting milestone for Simi Valley Hospital and our community,” said Margaret R. Peterson, president and CEO. “In 1965, Simi Valley Hospital opened its doors to a population of approximately 10 thousand residents. Forty years later, we continue our tradition of caring with a new facility that will better assist us in serving our patients and growing community.”

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Today’s celebration was the first community-based event held in connection with the hospital’s 40th anniversary, and proceeded without delay under sunny skies. The ceremony was originally scheduled for Dec. 22, 2004 but high winds and rain throughout December postponed the event into early 2005.

Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller, Simi Valley Hospital President and CEO Margaret Peterson and Turner Construction Executive Vice President Ken Leach all presented brief remarks about the safe completion of the Patient Care Tower and it’s importance to the community. In addition, Mayor Paul Miller congratulated and praised the hospital for meeting community needs through the building campaign. Ceremony attendees were also invited to sign the structural beam that would eventually be hoisted atop the Patient Care Tower to mark the conclusion of the event.

“The Simi Valley Hospital patient care tower is a tangible symbol of our commitment to delivering the highest quality care to the residents of Simi Valley and Moorpark,” said Peterson. “We appreciate the continued support as we move forward in making our dreams of building a state-of-the-art facility a reality for our diverse and growing population.”

The Patient Care Tower is scheduled to be completed in 2008 and will feature an expanded Intensive Care Unit (increases from 11 to 24 beds), 136 private-care rooms and allows Simi Valley Hospital to meet the state’s stringent earthquake requirements for hospital structures. Construction of the new lobby and chapel will continue after the Patient Care Tower is completed.

The Patient Care Tower reflects a $75 million investment, with $16 million acquired from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant, $10 million from corporate parent Adventist Health and additional funding to be raised by the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation.

Please call the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation at (805) 955-8144 for more information about the Patient Care Tower building campaign.

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January 6, 2005